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  • You paid for their propaganda

    The public broadcaster is taking orders from the Labour Party’s propaganda department. At least, that’s what the latest leaked Electrogas emails revealed. Government communication aides — ‘persons of trust’, naturally — were desperate to make the arrival of the FSU tanker into Marsaxlokk harbour look like the second coming of the Santa Maria Convoy. After […] More

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  • Your gift to Malta’s richest families

    What an incredibly generous thing you did, paying Electrogas’ excise tax bill so Yorgen Fenech, the Gasan family and the Apap Bolognas could make more money. After all, €46.5 million is no small sacrifice. I know you could have done a lot with that. Funded public health, for example, or built social housing. But squeezing […] More

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  • Turning your lemons into their lemonade

    The General Workers’ Union found a lucrative way to turn other people’s lemons into their lemonade. They did it by squeezing profits out of those who are temporarily down on their luck. Okay, yes, unions are supposed to help the worker rather than screw them over. But don’t worry, the taxpayer is footing the bill. […] More

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  • ‘Transparently yours, Joseph’

    For a man who campaigned on a promise of ‘transparency’, Joseph Muscat has a lot to hide. Of course, he did promise a roadmap in addition to those cries of transparency, meritocracy and accountability. That roadmap to riches clearly took priority. And so documents were transparently hidden — and sometimes temporarily “lost” — friends-of-friends merited […] More

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  • Don’t seek and you won’t find

    “You’ll never find anything if you never look.” Translate this to Latin and it could be Malta’s motto. Michael Zammit Tabona was the latest to trot out this absurdity on social media, posting: “If we double up positive cases… what’s the point? This virus is not killing us, testing is!” I’m sorry to be the […] More

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  • Why fix what you can hide?

    In their latest attempt to make things look better — or less terrible — than they are, the Malta Business Registry did a little housekeeping. They deleted the online records of tens of thousands of shell companies which had been dissolved or liquidated. Now, cleaning the servers of defunct companies might not seem like such […] More

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  • Malta is highly contagious

    There’s a plague raging on the streets of Malta, and it runs much deeper than the novel coronavirus. It’s more contagious than cooties, the kissing disease and the common cold. And it’s been raising red flags around the world since a hotspot was identified in the Mediterranean. Everyone smelled the stench in the room, of […] More

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  • An epidemic of collective amnesia

    Malta is suffering from an epidemic of collective amnesia. While top government officials have escaped the dreaded coronavirus unscathed, they’ve been struck down by symptoms of selective memory loss that seem to flare up whenever they’re forced to testify in courts and inquiries. Take the Vitals MOU, for example. The Shift reported on this clearly […] More

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  • The case of the missing memo

    Things disappear in Malta. The island is prey to a paranormal Bermuda Triangle phenomenon, but this one doesn’t cause ships and airplanes to vanish without a trace. No, the Maltese Triangle works in more mysterious ways. It swallows up inconvenient documents, court evidence and even devices like Keith Schembri’s missing mobile. The Memorandum of Understanding […] More

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  • Everyone’s digging their heels in

    Deny, deny, deny. And when the clock runs out on that denial, claim you’ve already paid the price for your ‘mistakes’. That’s the wool the government’s trying to pull over your eyes as the sweater that Muscat knit unravels. The National Audit Office investigation into the hospitals’ deal is the latest damning indictment of Labour’s […] More

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  • It’s time for Peter Grech to go

    The former Head of the economic crimes unit has finally confirmed what the rest of us have known for over four years. The Malta police did nothing to investigate the Panama Papers revelations. In case you need reminding, the massive data leak contained notarized copies personal documents, company opening forms, and email chains that detailed […] More

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  • Mizzi was always expendable

    Another domino has fallen, but it’s too soon to celebrate. Konrad Mizzi was always expendable. He isn’t cut from the same cloth as Keith Schembri or Joseph Muscat. Don’t get me wrong, he’s as crooked as a dog’s hind leg, just like the rest of them. I can’t think of a single member of this […] More

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